The Jews

Published: 02/12/2016

The Jews is an anti-historical thriller in the form of a Talmudic tragicomedy, taking place sometime during the Second World War. Stalin and his Minister of Security Beria are worried about the political developments in Germany, where Martin Heidegger has replaced Adolf Hitler as Chancellor of the Third Reich. Suspecting that the Frankfurt School, headed[…]

Theory is like a Surging Sea

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Published: 08/02/2015

In a 1917 letter to Gershom Scholem, Walter Benjamin writes, “Theory is like a surging sea.” This small book takes more than its title from that line—it takes that line as a point of departure in Erich Auerbach’s sense, an Ansatzpunkt, as a compositional principle so that what follows can be read in its entirety[…]

Make and Let Die: Untimely Sovereignties

Published: 03/10/2016

Read the Front Matter, Poetic Preface by Eileen A. Joy & Introduction by Kathleen Biddick Here This collection of essays by one of medieval studies’ most brilliant historians argues that the analysis and critique of biopower, as conventionally defined by Michel Foucault and then widely assumed in much contemporary theory of sovereignty, is a sovereign[…]

Left Bank Dream

Published: 12/26/2014

Left Bank Dream stages three characters longing for Paris. Their longing for place and the poetry of exile converge in the iconic figure of Charles Baudelaire. Recognized after his death and subsequently revered by surrealists and modernists as one of the most significant modern European poets, Baudelaire in his own time frightened many of his[…]

The Afterlife of Genre: Remnants of the Trauerspiel in Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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Published: 02/21/2014

Could there have been television without California? California without television? The one shows the other: the ostentatiously novel singularity of the place and the seemingly self-effacing transparency of the medium. Yet if television and California both promise again and again to offer us something new, young, immaculate in its transience — a pure surface that[…]

Pedagogies of Disaster

Published: 10/07/2013

We live in an era where the university system is undergoing great changes owing to developments in financing policies and research priorities, as well as changes in the society in which this system is embedded. This change toward a more market-oriented university, which also has immediate effects in academic peripheries such as the Balkans, the[…]

Last Day Every Day

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Published: 10/23/2012

Where is film analysis at today? What is cinema theory up to, behind our backs? The field, as professionally defined (at least in the Anglo-American academic world), is presently divided between contextual historians who turn to broad formations of modernity, and stylistic connoisseurs who call for a return to old-fashioned things like authorial vision, tone,[…]